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Pneumonia Sleeping Positions
I have had a pain in my left shoulder & neck for about 14 hrs. It is dull & hurts more if in certain positions. Could be heart related or sleep wrong?
Shoulder & neck pain: Your left shoulder and neck pain lasting 14 hours, dull and positional are unlikely to be cardiac, and more likely due to musculoskeletal as in sleeping wrong. But it would be virtually impossible to determine the cause based on your descriptions alone. If seriously concerned, please see a physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
It Depends: There aren't "healthy" and "unhealthy" sleep positions from a pure sleep point of view. If you have sleep apnea, sleeping on your back worsens the breathing event. Heartburn patients should sleep with their head elevated to reduce symptoms. In pregnancy, sleeping on your side is preferable, especially in the third trimester. ...Read more
Pain from wrong sleeping positions, and also any simple pain relieving remedies to discontinue these body aches?
Body aches, by themselves, can cause sleep problems. Poor sleep is usually due to being aroused from sleep and this is often due to pain from some area of the body.
An over the counter pain medication such as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) taken one hour before retiring can help alleviate aches while sleeping.
A sleep study can provide more data-see your doctor for more info. ...Read more
I can move my neck forward, right and left side easily, but it is very painful to move it backwards, why? No trauma, injury or bad sleeping positions?
Neck sprain: Common, with faulty postures that we acquire theses days, watching TVs, using computers /smart phones. Rest, warm compresses, pain killers, and a correct posture would help, it may take some time, if no improvement, becomes worse or new symptoms develop see your doctor, good luck ...Read more
Not on stomach: Generally any position but flat on your stomach. Trying a pillow between your knees if you lye on you side or under your knees if you are on your back may also help. ...Read more
Are there any sleeping positions to help relieve the pain of straight neck with four buldging discs c-4-5-6&7?
Suffering from back, neck and shoulder pain. Cannot fully rotate my neck for a few months now. I have tried all sleeping positions constantly in pain?
See below: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for neck pain to refer to the shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (Advil, Aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more
Pillows under legs: Here are my recommendations for sleeping with a sore back: 1) the most important thing for a sore back is to have the right type of mattress. You want one that will provide good support yet be able to accommodate pressure points. 2) whether you sleep on your side or on your back, it is a good idea to use pillows between your legs when on your side, & under your knees when lying on your back. ...Read more
The position: Your body likes and make you feel comfortable ...Read more
When I sleep on my right side, the left side of my hip burns. I wake up throughout the night and change sleeping positions, but it's not going away.?
WhateversComfortable: There is no specific position that I would recommend if one has a hernia. However, following hernia repair, many patients have told me that getting out of bed is quite difficult the first few days after surgery; this is made much easier by sleeping in a reclining chair. ...Read more
Usually, avoid: Sleeping on your stomach. Using a fetal or knee pulled up to chest position on either your right or left side with or without a pillow between your knees is a common recommendation as is sleeping on your back with your knees bent with pillows under them as well. ...Read more
Can sleeping positions effect the development of teeth and chin. My chin kind of changed and I don't know why.
Not likely: If you noticed a sudden change in your jaw, get it looked at ASAP to rule out any issue that may require immediate treatment. Sleep position isn't a likely cause but something else may be causing this. ...Read more
I thought it was my heart but turns out to be my muscles that are hurting. Anyway I can alleviate this? Posture/sleeping positions? Massages?
Explore the cause: Now that you found the problem is muscular pain you should find what is causing it. It could be due to strain from lifting etc., caused by inflammation, caused by infections, structural mal-alignments etc. The optimal treatment depends on the underlying cause. Consult a holistic md, specialist in physical medicine or do who does osteopathic manipulation. See my comment for links. Good luck! ...Read more
I'm suffering from spondelitis problem n please tel me what are the correct sleeping positions and to mention I'm a sleeper on stomach n my neck paining?
Sleeping position: The correct sleeping position for any given individual is that which allows for sound & pain-free sleep such that you wake up refreshed. Whether this is on one side or other vs back or stomach is really up to you and may in fact change w/time. You'll need to experiment to find out what's best for you. ...Read more
Cramping: Try placing the heating pad down and positioning your lower abdomen on top of it ...Read more
Sudden onset of pain and 'tired' feeling in left Trapezius and Deltoid muscle radiating into the Levator Scapulae and triceps brachii muscles. No overt exertion or odd sleeping positions. Localised weakness. What could it be?
Pain is muscles: Suspect you did a new exercise or strained them somehow. Did you fall say? ...Read more
Yes: ? can sleep position worsen sciatica. Long nerve tracts are normally stretched by certain anatomical positions. If nerve abnormally impinged anywhere pain shoots down tract. Best psn. To remit pain is supine (no pillow) on couch w. sciatica leg flexed 45 degrees & leaned vs. Couch back; other foot on arm rest. Position also diminishes longitudinal spinal cord pull. Relaxed nerves are happy nerves. ...Read more
Flat on back: The safest position/environment for a newborn sleep is flat on their back. Crib death declined 40% when we moved to this position. Any swaddling blanket used in the first days after birth should be loosened regularly until the kid gets use to the free movement & removed. The crib should have a firm mattress, no blankets or bumpers until the kid can stand (they suffocate in them). ...Read more
Fetal: Position and also with elevated back.Get a more detailed answer ›
Comfort is paramount when sleeping. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs and improve neck pain. If you have lower back pain, using a pillow behind your knees to slightly elevate it can help back pain. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as it cause lead to unwanted neck discomfort in the am. A firmer bed or memory foam mattress may do the trick. Happy sleeping! ...Read more
Hello I have pneumonia and I keep on coughing when I head to sleep its very annoying what can I take. (I'm not coughing up anything)?
Need more info: Did you already see a doctor who diagnosed this? Are you taking an antibiotic? If you have already been officially diagnosed, then you should discuss this with your doctor. Some over-the-counter medicines like Robitussin (guaifenesin) may provide some relief. If not for you, then prescription meds are helpful, but you would need to see a doctor for this. Best wishes. ...Read more
My daughter is 5mnth 3days. What is the best sleep position for her? Should I use a pillow for her or not? If yes, what kind of pillow high or low?
Interesting question: Babies should always start their sleep on their back. There should never be any pillow, blanket, bumper or any other material in the bed after weaning from initial wrapping after birth. Babies die every year that suffocate in pillows or blankets. They should be avoided until they can stand in a crib and prove their ability to move out of a smothering situation. ...Read more
Comfortable: Any position you comfortable.Get a more detailed answer ›
What's the best way to sleep (position, mattress, etc.), as a lifelong habit, so not to get sleep problems 30 years later?
Long answer!: Best way to sleep can be very personalized. In general I would say make sure you are correct/near ideal body weight, avoid sedative hypnotics prior to sleep, sleep on side if comfortable, avoid matresses that may become old and worn, avoid allergens during sleep (make sure breathing clean air). ...Read more